2019-C Destinos Cruzados Red Wine, Winters, California (750ml)
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Bistue Cellars was born out of passion for exploring different wine regions while creating remarkable wines. It began in 2014 as a fun side project by winemaker Carolina Bistué and her family, but soon grew into something more. After earning her Masters in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, Carolina Bistué worked at La Perla del Priorat in Spain and at Paul Hobbs’ Viña Cobos in Mendoza, Argentina as part of their winemaking teams. Carolina employs minimal-intervention winemaking techniques and subscribes to the belief that great wines begin in the vineyard, “We carefully select our vineyards based on the ideal location for each grape varietal and the style of wine that we want to achieve.”
The 2019 Destinos Cruzados bottling is a blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Grenache from the England-Shaw Vineyard in Winters (Yolo County), California. The grapes were hand-picked on the same day and sorted and blended in the field, with the use of dry ice after destemming to prevent early fermentation. Fermentation was in bins, with multiple daily punch-downs, and stainless-steel tanks. Aged in French oak (20% new) for 6 months. Hand-bottled and labeled.
Deep garnet. Inviting aromas of bramble fruit with a touch of graphite. The palate is supple and fruited with flavors of blackberry, black raspberry and red plum skin. Medium bodied with loads of juiciness, a bit of spice and artfully integrated oaky notes. The tannins are smooth and nicely balanced, making it perfect for sipping by itself as well as a versatile food wine.